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South Africa Travel warnings

Southern Africa Storm - Travel Alert

A big tropical storm that lashed south eastern Africa at the weekend, taking 77 lives, is expected to return in the next few days. Tropical storm Irina brushed South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province at the weekend, du

Buck Hunted! Mountain biker gets cleaned up by high-speed antelope

Here is a little warning for those taking the trek to Africa in the near future, especially those who like to get around on two wheels - YOU could be the one hunted by wildlife normally considered tame.We came across th

Buck Hunted! Mountain biker gets cleaned up by high-speed antelope

Here is a little warning for those taking the trek to Africa in the near future, especially those who like to get around on two wheels - YOU could be the one hunted by wildlife normally considered tame.We came across th

Buck Hunted! Mountain biker gets cleaned up by high-speed deer

Here is a little warning for those taking the trek to Africa in the near future, especially those who like to get around on two wheels - YOU could be the one hunted by wildlife normally considered tame.We came across th

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Hundreds injured in South Africa train collision #ttot http://t.co/1L79L2Mb

over 3 years ago

Two dead, dozens injured in South Africa tourist boat disaster http://t.co/moFkVIml #ttot

almost 4 years ago

Violence strikes another South Africa mine http://t.co/7tFArgE1

almost 4 years ago

More than 30 dead in clashes at South Africa mine http://t.co/EmQJOPuy #africa

almost 4 years ago

Violence erupts during South Africa strike. Police have fired rubber bullets on teachers

almost 6 years ago

Several injured in stampede at World Cup warm-up match in South Africa - http://ow.ly/1VA5e #worldcup

about 6 years ago

Recommended vaccinations for South Africa

  • Diphtheria

    Diphtheria is a serious throat infection, which infects from person-to-person through the air. The vaccination should be less than 10 years old otherwise a booster is needed.

    Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis)

    Infectious hepatitis infects through contaminated food and water. Vaccination consists of two injections about 12 months apart, which protects for up to 25 years. The first vaccination protects for 12 months.  The hepatitis A vaccine can be combined with the vaccine against hepatitis B .

    HIV in Africa

    109 Danes were infected with HIV in Africa between 1991 and 99. Africa is the continent with most HIV infected people. Overall about 8% of the population is infected with infection rates reaching up to 80% in risk groups like prostitutes.

    Tetanus

    Tetanus is a complication to wounds contaminated by soil. If there has been a vaccination within the past 10 years it is not necessary to give a booster in case of wounds and accidents. Tetanus vaccinations are usually given in combination with diphtheria vaccine. If you are previously vaccinated, the vaccine can be given right up to departure.

    Yellow fever - transit

    Certain countries without yellow fever require a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate if you arrives (even in transit) from a country where yellow fever is present.   If you arrive from a country without yellow fever , there is no requirement for a yellow fever vaccination.

    Malaria in South Africa

    Protection against mosquito bites will reduce the risk further.

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To get around in Cape Town and Jo-berg, is it safe to rent a vehicle?

Rented a car in Cape Town and drove to PE a few years back. That was easy and safe, but then we didn't drive too far off the well-worn tourist path (Garden R... read more »
over 2 years ago

when and where is it safe to jog in south africa? are there any gyms?

The best thing to do is ask the locals at your accommodation (the concierge or the hostel owner), they'll have the best knowledge on where's safe and where's... read more »
almost 5 years ago

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